Upper intermediate level
To teach the students how to talk about their regrets related to past or present using "wish"
To provide clarification and practice
To provide gist and specific information of the listening
To help the students gain accuracy when talking about regrets
Procedure (37-46 minutes)
At the beginning of the class, I will show them a photo trying to elicit the proverb ' Don't cry over spilled milk'. By doing this I can achieve two main purposes, one preteaching the abovementioned proverb, and the other engaging the students in the topic of the lesson which is on regrets.
The students will read four short comments of some people talking about their regrets. Then they will share ideas with their partners on whether they agree with any of those people. Then they will tell the class what they think.
After sharing ideas, I will ask them to read the comments again and highlight the six sentences starting with 'wish'. At this stage the students are supposed to discover the form of the verbs used after 'wish' and identify which ones are in relation to present and which ones are about past. Then they will go to the board and write the sentences in the appropriate column referring to present or past.
At this stage, again I will ask them which set of sentences are about present and which ones are about past. I will clarify the meaning by asking some concept checking questions such as 'are the people happy'? and 'Do they like to go back to past'? I will clarify the form of the sentences they have just written on the board. Then I will also give them some repetition drills to make sure they have no diffuculty uttering longer chunks.
I will direct the students to grammar bank questions and ask them to answer them. Then they will check the answers with their partners. After that, some volunteers will go to the board and write the answers.
I will ask them to write four sentences stating with "I wish' about themselves. Two of the sentences should be about present and two of them should be about past. Then they will exchange papers with their partners. I will ask them to tell the class about their partners.
At this stage the students will listen to five people talking about their regrets. Then they will match the speakers with the regrets. Then they will check the answers with their partners. Then a volunteer will go to the board and write the answers.
I will play the audio again and ask the students to answer the next five questions. Then they will check with their partners and finally we will discuss the answers with the class.
At this stage I will give them some pieces of paper with some questions about regrets on a range of topics. The students will be asked to talk with their partners about them. Then I will ask them to tell the class about their partners.